Hi everyone, it’s Brandy from Brushed By Brandy! One of the most frequent questions I get is “What color should I paint this?” Unfortunately the answer is never that simple. There are several factors that go into my color selections, so I thought I’d share my thought processes when choosing furniture paint colors.
WHAT DECOR IS IN THE ROOM IT WILL BE IN?
Do you have bedding, artwork, or other accessories that will be in the room with your piece? Choose an inspiration piece that you love, that will be in the room, and pull color inspiration from there.
IS THERE A NEW TECHNIQUE YOU ARE WANTING TO TRY?
Tired of blending, wanna go boho? If there is a technique you are wanting to try, keep that in mind when choosing furniture paint colors.
TAKE CUES FROM THE STYLE OF YOUR FURNITURE PIECE.
The style of your furniture will help give color direction. I like softer, more muted tones on curvy pieces like French provincial, but prefer bold, basic colors on clean lines of mid century. Look at the vibe your piece is giving off, is it soft and feminine or clean and masculine?
LOOK FOR INSPIRATION IN EVERYTHING AROUND YOU.
My private inspiration board in Pinterest is full of images of everything…except furniture! I save canvas art, nature photos, fashion photos, anything that catches my eye and refer back to those for color and technique inspiration. Look for textures, layers, all of those are tips on how colors will work together.
POST ON SOCIAL MEDIA FOR HELP.
There are public forums dedicated just to talking paint colors. Chalk Mineral Paint Enthusiasts and World of Chalk Paint are 2 examples of Facebook groups just for avid furniture painters. Talk about a creative mind collective! Draw on the expertise of others and don’t be afraid to post a pic of your piece and the direction you are thinking. The paint world is a helpful one, the first post can be nerve racking, but after that you’ll know you are in good company.
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